Tuesday, 10 January 2012
Fat is the last acceptable prejudice. But why?
I think it's because, to a certain extent, it's something that we can control. We can't control our race, ethnicity, gender or sexuality. Fat people? They're ugly, gross, smelly, lazy, and have no willpower. In America, however, most people are fat people. I am one of them. I'm the fat chick you see with skinny friends, except most of my friends are also fat. I'm the woman who glares at the skinny chicks checking themselves out in a mirror, doing the ritual "I'm so fat/no you're not, I'm fat!" talk.
That's the way the world is now.
This is the new U.S. Food Pyramid. How many of you know this pyramid? My guess is, not many. People go to nutritionists, doctors, plastic surgeons, and various health stores to find a miracle cure for being fat. You fear gaining weight yet find comfort in the knowledge that your friend also ordered that chocolatey dessert that's probably about a billion calories.
What are we really afraid of? Is it the myriad of health issues that being overweight causes? Or is it the fear of being judged and deemed unworthy by society? No one wants to be that fat person that needs to be lifted by a crane out of their home. No one wants to even be a little pudgy and have a muffin top. When I'm in a restaurant I take my time with the menu, choosing between what I want and what I probably should eat instead. I think about what the waiter thinks about my choice of food and drinks and if they are disgusted with me and my seemingly lack of willpower. When I'm in the cafeteria at college, I look at all the food laid out for meals and think about what all of these people around me are thinking of me and the food on my plate. When I'm out of breath walking up a few flights of stairs and enter a classroom where my classmates don't have that trouble, I wonder if they're annoyed by the heavy-breathing fat chick.
Accept and love your body, and only change if you want to, and change only to be healthier. Not prettier, skinnier, or any of the other 'ers' out there. Be conscious of your thoughts and actions; next time you go out in public, think about the social stigma fat people go through every day, in private and in public.
What do you think about fat as an acceptable prejudice? Do you think that it's acceptable? Share your thoughts on this post in the comment section below!